Best Dinosaur Toys to Get Closer to Prehistoric Times

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 23, 2017
Dinosaurs! The monsters that ruled the world millions of years ago and that manage to terrify people even today, from our cinema and TV screens. Frightening but so fascinating. So many good dinosaur toys are offered today but which are the best ones? Let us tell you. ...Read more ...Read less
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DINOSAURS IN THE SET
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PROS

True balance technology helps this robot dinosaur toy move as realistically as it is possible. Control over the toy is performed by a remote or the dinosaur can react to your hand movements. There are several game modes for children to not get bored quickly.

CONS

The toy might need recharging rather often.

OUR VERDICT

Indominus Rex the scariest dinosaur at Jurassic World, this robot dinosaur toy will be the best present for any franchise fan. It is also extremely real-looking and sounding so it will please those getting to know the dinosaurs in general.

detailed parameters
AGE

5+

TYPE

Electronic

DINOSAURS IN THE SET

Indominus Rex

FUNCTIONALITY & EXTRAS

True Balance Technology, Several modes (Patrol, Attack, Control, Record, etc.),  Sounds from the Jurassic World film, Color changing LED eyes

CONTROL

On/Off switch, Detect hand movements with IR nose sensors, Interaction with body parts, Back button, Remote control

POWER SOURCE
  • Figure: 1x 3.7V/450mAh LiPo Battery (included), USB charging cable
  • Remote: 3 AAA batteries (not included)
MATERIAL

Plastic

SIZE

16" x 6.75" x 6.75"

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

A big dinosaur toy with the widest range of functions, from walking ant roaring to shooting projectiles and ice bombs. The set includes 3 prehistoric human figurines and a variety of accessories.

CONS

The launcher shooting range is short.

OUR VERDICT

The size and functionality make this robot dinosaur toy a great choice for a single child or for a small group of kids. The control is simple as 1-2-3.

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AGE

3+

TYPE

Electronic

DINOSAURS IN THE SET

 Ultra Tyrannosaurus (T-Rex)

FUNCTIONALITY & EXTRAS

Walking, Standing, Chomping, Firing arrows and launching ice bombs, Realistic sound effects, Light-up LEDs in spikes and eyes, 3 Imaginext® cavemen figures with helmets and accessories, Extra playing details

CONTROL

On/Off power switch, 3 power pads, Buttons to fire, Lever to fire

POWER SOURCE

4 AA batteries (not included)

MATERIAL

Plastic

SIZE

30" tall

WARRANTY

30-day return policy

PROS

A set of 12 high-quality bright dinosaur toys with a book about them all, it's two-in-one, entertainment plus education. Includes popular dinosaur species as well as less-known ones.

CONS

Bipedal figurines might be somewhat unstable.

OUR VERDICT

You can use this set to play with your kids, to brighten their party, or as an illustration for a school assignment.

detailed parameters
AGE

3+

TYPE

Traditional

DINOSAURS IN THE SET

Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Baryonyx, Corythosaurus, Diplodocus, Monoclonius, Pachycephalosaurus, Spinosaurus, Stegosauria, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus (T-Rex)

FUNCTIONALITY & EXTRAS

Book with a history of each dinosaur

CONTROL

Manual playing

POWER SOURCE

No need

MATERIAL

Vinyl plastic

SIZE

7" long

WARRANTY

14-day return policy

PROS

An excellent realistic Jurassic Park T-Rex toy that stomps and roars just like a real dinosaur—just push its tail and see for yourself. Rubber inserts make the movement more realistic.

CONS

No off switch.

OUR VERDICT

The choice of old Jurassic Park movie fans and a wonderful present for a young dinosaur lover. Your kid will keep the neighborhood in fear.

detailed parameters
AGE

4+

TYPE

Electronic

DINOSAURS IN THE SET

Tyrannosaurus (T- Rex)

FUNCTIONALITY & EXTRAS

Stomping and roaring sounds, Moving body parts

CONTROL

Interaction with body parts

POWER SOURCE

2 AA batteries (included)

MATERIAL

Plastic, Rubber

SIZE

17" long, ~8" tall

WARRANTY

60-day return policy

PROS

The top-quality health-safe set of small dinosaur toys. The child can push the wheeled dinosaurs by hand or can rev them up to accelerate thanks to a built-in mechanism.

CONS

The plates on the Stegosaurus back make it difficult to hold the toy with tiny hands.

OUR VERDICT

An ideal set for kids of 2+ years to get acquainted with dinos, these cute figurines will offer a lot of fun and maybe will spur the kid's interest in this history period.

detailed parameters
AGE

2+

TYPE

Traditional

DINOSAURS IN THE SET

Brontosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus (T-Rex)

FUNCTIONALITY & EXTRAS

Each dinosaur has a twistable head and four wheels

CONTROL

Manual playing, Can be revved up

POWER SOURCE

No need

MATERIAL

BPA-free, lead-free, phthalate-free plastic

SIZE

~5"–6" long

WARRANTY

60-day return policy

What is a Dinosaur Toy

There are toys, and then there are The Toys. The ones that have not lost their appeal to children throughout generations despite all the wide variety of other toys; the ones that will probably still be popular a hundred years from now. The dinosaur toys are one of those. After all, what can be more fascinating for young explorers than giant reptiles of prehistoric times?

Tons of movies are created about dinosaurs, from purely kids-oriented The Land Before Time series of cartoons to the rather gory Godzilla and Jurassic Park movie franchises. Children of all ages, as well as adults, obsess over dinosaurs and collect merch for years. Today, you can find just about any type of good dinosaur toys, from not-so-realistic but extremely cute ones to highly detailed toy robot copies of real monsters. Your children have the opportunity to grow up surrounded by gradually changing dino toys, there is an option for any age and level. Here in this review, we will offer you guides to walk you through what you need to know before buying a dinosaur toy.

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What Features to Compare

When you begin to contemplate buying your kid a dinosaur toy, first things first, think about how old your child is. For toddlers who still chew on toys and generally try to taste everything around them, one-piece toys bigger than their mouths but not too big to scare them or to make holding the toy a problem are the wisest choice. Toys also should have no small parts the kid might swallow or choke on accidentally. No sharp edges, too. When kids grow older they would more often than not be happy with more real-looking and big dinosaur toys or/and the ones that can walk. Which leads us to our next point.

Almost any toy today can be electronic but not all kids prefer them that's why traditional ones still exist on the market. Both types have their pros and cons. Thus, conventional toys are good in separate pieces and in collections and are usually loved by kids who crave touch and constant personal engagement, whereas interactive electronic models are the best gift to a young curious inventor or to any kid mesmerized by dinosaur toys moving on their own, roaring, and doing many other interesting things.

If the child is knowledgeable about dinosaurs, he or she might want a certain species. T-Rexes are pretty popular, for example, probably because they represent raw power and strength, important qualities for many growing children. On the other hand, if your kid is crazy about a particular movie or cartoon, you might want to check what dinosaurs are featured there and buy the one the kid loves most.

As for the functionality, the simplest dinosaur toys without any bells and whistles are the best option to get your child to know these extinct animals (and to get you to know if your little one is interested in them at all). Some models have spring or inertia mechanisms to slightly widen the range of actions during a game. And, of course, a robot dinosaur toy will fascinate not only a child but all the adults around, too, providing hours and hours of fun. Before buying a robotic model, check if it needs batteries separately: you don't want to postpone the fun of your kid, now, do you?

The last but nevertheless really important parameter would be material. Any toy, not just a dinosaur one, must be made from non-toxic safe materials. And if your kid has allergies, check the toy components to avoid health problems.

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Review of Zoomer Jurassic world Robotic INDOMINUS REX

Zoomer Jurassic world

Zoomer Jurassic world

EXPERIENCE THE JURASSIC WORLD

Any Jurassic World movie fan will be delighted to have the copy of Indominus Rex, a hybrid dinosaur created from the DNA of several other powerful monsters, who could scare the hell out of any cinema visitor simply with her roar. Zoomer Dino made their robot dinosaur toy unbelievably realistic, from her looks to the authentic movie sounds she makes. Moreover, this is just one dinosaur from the whole collection of similar robotic toys created by Zoomer Dino. With a whole collection of dinosaur toys by this company, the owner will feel like they visited the Isla Nublar themselves.

The toy comes with a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity and the dinosaur has a "JW" signature on its hip to prove that it is the real thing. Zoomer  Jurassic world  Robotic Indominus Rex is recommended for the kids over 5 years old but will also be a great gift for an older Jurassic Park franchise fan.

Review of Zoomer Jurassic world Robotic INDOMINUS REX

SELECT A MODE

Apart from being an awesome addition to your toy dinosaurs collection (if you have one), these Jurassic World dinosaur toys have the richest functionality, too. There are three ways you can control your Indominus Rex, you can use the included remote controller, interact with certain body parts of the toy (rub her neck to make her spin but be careful not to tug her tail—she gets angry and roars!), or you can wave your hands before its IR nose sensors to make the dino react (note that for the latter feature to work without lagging the recommended distance between your hand and the sensors is no more than 6").

The variety of modes Indominus Rex has is also dazzling and you can recognize the mode she's in by her eyes color!

  • Attack mode—she spins, thrashes, roars and, well, attacks if you get too close. Eyes red.
  • Patrol mode means your dino will set off to explore her surroundings (square or triangular path). Eyes white.
  • Control mode is where she does what you tell her by using the remote. Eyes orange.
  • Auto mode—the dino reacts to your hand movement. Eyes green.
  • Record mode, naturally, records what you make the dino do with a remote for her to repeat later automatically. The recording is 10 seconds long, new record erases the old one. Start with the control mode, then record. Eyes flashing yellow.

Also, when she's curious and senses something nearby, her eyes will turn blue, and flashing orange eyes will notify you the battery is low.

You and your kid will never get bored with this toy!

Zoomer Jurassic world Robotic INDOMINUS REX in the use

PERFECT BALANCE

Special wheels combined with the True Balance Technology™ help this robot dinosaur toy move just like in real life, perfect balance makes it so that Indominus Rex easily moves on almost any surface. Just mind the too smooth ones.

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FEED IT

The toy comes discharged so to make it move you will need to first energize it. You can connect Indominus Rex to your computer with the included USB cord or use a wall adapter (not included) and charge from the outlet. If tend to forget to charge it and you want to play right away when you come back home, connect it to the smart plug beforehand.

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Review of Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex - Ice

Fisher-Price Imaginext

Fisher-Price Imaginext

Prehistoric Games

Fisher-Price's big T-Rex toy is a real find for your kid's entertainment. It's set includes not only a robot dinosaur toy itself but also 3 Imaginext® cavemen figures with helmets and a whole variety of other accessories like a ladder, a seat to sit a caveman in the monster's mouth to control it, a cage for captives, etc. The control is really simple, any kid will handle it easily. There are three power pads that spur it into motion: the bottom one activates walking stomping loudly, the middle one makes the T-Rex stand up to its full height (which is pretty impressive, 2.5 ft), and the topmost pad is for the dino to open its mouth and roar, flash its eyes and spikes, make its enemies flee as fast as possible. With all this, your kid will have tremendous fun for hours and hours.

Review of Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex - Ice

Fire!

These good dinosaur toys are equipped with everything necessary to fight the possible attackers. It can shoot projectiles from its mouth and ice bombs from the launchers in its chest and back. There is a space for projectiles near the cage side. And, of course, Imaginext Ultra T-Rex is protected from above too, with a pterodactyl glider. It's not so much a typical dinosaur toy as it is a fun blend of a prehistoric monster and far-off future technologies as many people see them—with human-operated mecha robots Pacific Rim and Evangelion showed us. Your kid will wipe the floors with his or her opponents in any toy battle.

Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex - Ice in the use

Fun for Kids, Rest for Parents

With all the variety of fun features, this toy dinosaur will busy your children for many hours allowing you to take much-needed rest. All you'll need is 4 AA batteries and the T-Rex will perform full-scale. And to stop the dino, there is a switch on its back, between the stairs and the wheel.

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Ice Friend for All

The dinosaur is made of high-quality plastic and is colored deep blue hue somewhat resembling ice. It is a really big toy, which makes it suitable for several kids and each will find something to entertain themselves. During the peaceful time, the robot dinosaur can guard your kid's dollhouse.

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Review of Prextex Assorted Dinosaur Figures with Dinosaur Book

Prextex Assorted Dinosaur Figures with Dinosaur Book

Prextex Assorted Dinosaur Figures with Dinosaur Book

12-in-1

Any kid truly invested in the prehistoric will be happy to receive this set of bright realistic dinosaur toys. Made of sturdy vinyl plastic feels almost like skin when you touch it. Each of the twelve figurines represents a certain dinosaur species, they all look different. There is a famous Tyrannosaurus as well as less known Ankylosaurus and Baryonyx. Your kids will not only play with these toys but will also have the opportunity to learn new things accompanied by friends. The dinos are the size of an adult palm, kids will hold them with ease but won't think them too big. Just perfect to activate and develop children's imagination, widen their vocabulary, and, of course, find new friends.

Review of Prextex Assorted Dinosaur Figures with Dinosaur Book

Dinosaur Stories

A nice bonus to the toys will be a book on dinosaurs. There is a picture on each page with the dinosaurs from the set and information about each one: Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Baryonyx, Corythosaurus, Diplodocus, Monoclonius, Pachycephalosaurus, Spinosaurus, Stegosauria, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus (T-Rex). Your kid will learn their height, length, weight, feeding habits, activities. For children to more easily imagine all these numbers, the book compares the dinosaurs with things we know from our everyday life. Did you know that Monoclonius was approximately the size of a tractor whereas a Tyrannosaurus was closer to a bus in length?

With the dinosaurs' long difficult names, little ones will widen their vocabulary and improve their pronunciation, all the while having a lot of fun. By the way, if your kids love to read (or for you to read them), you might also be interested in dragon stories, fantastic creatures similar to dinosaur and maybe even based on the same findings.

Prextex Assorted Dinosaur Figures with Dinosaur Book in the use

Practical Purchase

As it is said by those who bought this set, it has its use besides being a fun plaything and a source of new knowledge. Due to the figures' sizes, they will be a good decor touch for your kid's room or a dino-themed birthday party, you can use them as cake toppers and as illustrations for the child's school assignment. Wherever you need a dinosaur, these Prextex Assorted Dinosaur Figures are perfect.

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For Young Paleontologists

Being made of quality materials, these dinosaur toys can be used not only inside the safety of your house but outside too. For example, if your children often spend time in their playhouse, and there is a sandbox near, they can act out diggings! Bury the dinosaurs toys in the sand and let your little researchers dig them out.

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Review of Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus T- Rex Jurassic World

Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus T- Rex

Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus T- Rex

The Well-Known Rex

Jurassic Park was a big boom in 1993, and a lot of its success is rightfully attributed to Tyrannosaurus Rex. Today, that's the most popular dinosaur for toymakers. The Hasbro company had license rights to the Jurassic Park themed toys up to a year ago before losing them to Mattel and they produced quite a number T-Rexes. But this one is something else entirely! It's as realistic as they come. The high-quality plastic combined with rubber inserts on the throat and tail recreates every skin crease and makes the dinosaur toy move very realistically. Tiny forelimbs move as does the mouth, and there are really scary real-looking claws on the T-Rex's hind limbs. There is only one small drawback when it comes to this robot dinosaur toy's appearance: you can see the bolts on the left side of the dino's head. But this shouldn't discourage you, this is a great toy that kids and adults alike enjoy.

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Stomp and Strike

So what's different about this dinosaur toy that distinguishes it from its many peers? Well, its roar is top-notch, for starters. When you push the tail and set the T-Rex straight she will open her mouth (with quite the teeth, by the way) and will make a sound that can make one's knees shake. And when she stomps it's loud to the point of ground shattering, every step virtually shouting "Beware!". Kids just love this beast.

Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus T- Rex Jurassic World in the use

Minimum Efforts

The T-Rex comes ready-to-play right out of the box, the necessary 2 AA batteries are already pre-inserted although it might be a good idea to stock up on some more just in case they lost a bit of charge while the robot dinosaur toy traveled to meet you. But also note that there is no switch to turn the toy off, you'll need to take out the batteries when kids don't play with it.

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Development Side

Dinosaur toys are more than just means to entertain children. By buying your kids a dinosaur, parents also offer them the chance to develop curiosity, widen their vocabulary, and improve communication skills. Another great toy for children development is a marble run.

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Review of 3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys for Boys and Girls Toddlers

3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys

3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys

4 New Friends for Your Toddler

A beautiful gift wrap will make these dinosaur toys for toddlers a great present for any holiday, from Easter and Christmas to Birthday, let alone as just a little something parents buy to their kids in a spur of good mood. The manufacturer claims this toy to be for kids of two years and up but some parents do buy them for younger children sometimes.

The four small dinosaur toys are made of solid smooth plastic absolutely safe for kids as it has no BPA, lead, or phthalates. Even if your little one chews on them, it's no big deal (though it's better not to make a habit out of it). The heads spin, the wheels in place of legs can be revved up. The toys look attractive and are fun to play with. There are four figures, a Brontosaurus, a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus, and a Tyrannosaurus (T-Rex), so the set is good for a small group of kids to play with, everyone can find their favorite dino.

Review of 3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys for Boys and Girls Toddlers

The Wheels Go Round and Round

The wheels on these dinosaur toys for toddlers are not simple wheels. The kids can of course just push the toys around just like that but there is also a mechanism to rev them and make them accelerate for some time towards the goal. Just show it to your child—you tug the dino back a little and then release it. Voila! What can be more fun for the smallest of the family than four small dinosaurs racing each other?

3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys for Boys and Girls Toddlers in the use

First Time

This set is the best possible way to help your little children make their first acquaintance with mighty beasts that ruled our planet long before people appeared. These dinosaurs are friendly-looking and will teach your kids their first history knowledge in addition to motor skills and communication. Instead of going for the realistic roaring monstrosities that can scare the youngsters (hell, some of those can scare any adult all right), start with these ones. Hands-eyes coordination, colors, small-big, all these things important to the child's development can become enormous fun with the 3 Bees and Me dinosaur toys for toddlers.

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The World in Motion

If revving the dinos and seeing which one comes to the finish line first will be your kid's favorite thing ever, the next step in the game will naturally be car toys and/or wooden train sets.

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FAQ:

Q: At what age can I get my kid a dinosaur toy?
A:
Well, you can buy a baby bouncer or a walker with toy bars that have dinosaur toys on them but if you’re asking about separate toys there are options for almost any age from 2y.o. kids to teenagers. Generally, you’ll find the age limit on the toy box, however, it’s more of a recommendation than strict order. After all, kids grow up at a different pace so think about yours and choose.

Q: Aren’t dinosaurs scary for small kids?
A:
The ones that roar and stomp loudly might be too much for a child who is easily scared but there are toy dinosaurs that are bright and kind-looking, like the ones based on kids cartoons.

Q: Are these toys safe?
A:
Same as other toys, dinosaurs undergo certain tests for the materials to not include harmful elements. To be on the safe side, though, check the materials on the box or ask the customer support of the manufacturer. Don’t be lured in by cheap price on seemingly state-of-the-art toys, those might be made of low-quality materials. Go for recognized manufacturers, check the reviews. Your child’s health is at stake, there’s no such thing as being too careful.

Q: What are dinosaur toys made of?
A:
Plastic, vinyl, rubber are the most used materials, although you can find plush and knitted dinosaur toys (or a manual on how to make one). “Hard” materials are, of course, designed for playing whereas “soft” one can be taken to bed with a kid, for example, to protect their sleep.

Q: Are dinosaur toys for boys only? Can I get one for my daughter?
A:
Of course you can. Girls get hooked up on dinosaurs the same as boys and there’s nothing wrong with a girl that plays with dinos. This ferocious creature can even guard her other toys like dolls and cars.

Q: In what way are dinosaur toys better than other toys?
A:
There are no better or worse toys, different toys develop different skills in kids. In particular, any collectibles, including dinosaurs, are good for gaining friends and learning to communicate and socialize. Toys help with movement coordination, grasp of sizes and colors, etc. As for aspects where dinosaur toys are particularly good, better than most even, that would be developing an interest in history. Your child’s first lessons in this field will be fun and engaging.


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Publish Date: 2017-05-23 14:24:57